Senate Republicans released a funding proposal on Tuesday that would significantly cut funding for women’s health, including Title X low-income family planning and a key evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program.
An Ohio abortion clinic will remain open despite an almost yearlong effort by anti-choice state officials to shutter its doors, thanks to a county judge’s ruling on Friday that the state’s abortion clinic licensing laws are unconstitutional.
The petition filed late Friday asks the Roberts Court to stay a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that requires all clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center provisions by July 1 or shut down.
Late Friday, the Fifth Circuit ruled it would not stay an order that could force all but nine clinics in the state to close.
Ohio senators on Thursday dealt a blow to abortion access in the state with the approval of a budget amendment that advocates say is designed to force the closure of at least one clinic.
The unanimous ruling protects a practice designed to improve abortion access in rural parts of the state.
House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with another attempt to overturn the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), this time using the budget process.
HB 3114, which had various amendments tacked on by both the house and senate, will likely be taken up in January with only an exception for fetal anomaly, said Democratic state Rep. Robert L. Ridgeway.
A provision that would force abortion providers to tell patients medication abortions can be reversed will not be enforced while a lawsuit challenging the requirement’s constitutionality proceeds.
A New York Times op-ed raises the question of how liberal an abortion law is if it requires women to justify their abortions. Most abortion restrictions in the United States and Europe are based on the idea that some women are more deserving than others.